Giorgios Giakoumakis will make his Celtic debut in the League Cup against Raith Rovers tomorrow night, and when he puts on the boots for that game, many fans will rest easy as we get some more firepower.
Forrest and Jullien are still out of sight.
They’ll be returning “after international break,” which implies they’ll be at Celtic’s training camp in early October.
We expect Kyogo to be fit by then as well, so we’re gradually coming back to full strength.
But, for the time being, it’s wonderful that our big striker, who, let’s not forget, was the best scorer in Holland last season, is set to make his Celtic debut. It’s a watershed moment for him and us. It’s a moment that strengthens us a bit.
We desperately need that extra power up front.
We gain from having alternatives in our playing system, and when we see this person, we’ll know if we’ve finally found the target man football we’ve been yearning for.
Would he have made a difference at the weekend if he had been there?
To put it another way, a player who can physically dominate in the penalty box and get on the end of any of those terribly ineffective crosses would have been a game-changer.
Raith will be unable to continue in this manner.
It’s a cup match at Celtic Park, and they’ll have to assault us if they want to advance.
So they won’t sit back and play for a point with eleven guys behind the ball.
We won’t be able to find it out today; instead, we’ll have to wait until the weekend, or, more significantly, until Aberdeen on October 3rd.
We shall, however, discover two things about this player: how he plays in front of goal and how he fits into Ange’s system.
We have to think he’s suited to that style or he wouldn’t have been signed, but he might also be here to allow us to play in several ways.
Whatever it is, his debut seemed to have taken an eternity to arrive.
It’ll be fascinating to see how he performs in a Celtic comic. He has a lot of expectations to meet.